DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SINCE 1932 LS, RS ERUPT OVER FARM LAWS; AKALI DAL AT OPPN MEET Amarinder cites Op Blue Star, threat from Pak to call for early resolution to farmers’ agitation Bail for Punia, court points to 7-hour delay in FIR If anger builds, it will be exploited, warns CM; Akalis call for probe into Red Fort violence EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KANCHAN VASDEV & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 CHANDIGARH, NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 PRESSING for a speedy resolution of the farmers’ agitation, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh invoked the state’s troubled past to remind an all-party meeting here Tuesday that prolonged negotiations that time too over a list of demands led to Operation Blue Starin1984,theCentre’smilitary action in the Golden Temple. “Underlining the need for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AERO INDIA 2021 Barricades on the Delhi side of the border at the Ghazipur protest site on Tuesday. Prem Nath Pandey MOREREPORTSPAGE4 Metal spikes on road, barricades hit farmers’ access to water, toilets ABHINAV RAJPUT, ANANYA TIWARI & ASHNA BUTANI NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 FROM TOILETS to water to sanitation — farmers at the three protest sites at Delhi's borders are feeling the squeeze with policesteppingupbarricadingover the past few days. All three sites have seen the addition of more barricades and cement slabs since the January 26 violence. Concertina wires CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY POINTING TO the nearly sevenhour delay in registering an FIR, and ruling out any possibility of theaccusedinfluencingthecomplainant, victims and witnesses in the case since they are all policemen, a Delhi court granted bail to freelance journalist MandeepPuniawhowaspicked up from the farm protest site at the Singhu border on Saturday. Punia, 25, was accused of allegedly obstructing police from doing Picked up their duty and Saturday causing injuries to their personnel at the site. Granting bail on a bond of Rs 25,000, the order Tuesday stated that it is “a well settled legal principle of law that ‘bail is a rule and jail is an exception’”, and that further judicial custody in this case “would not serve any cogent purpose”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Help us to settle Claims in time `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Facing protests, Lanka scraps India port deal, offers another project ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, FEBRUARY 2 IN A SETBACK for India, the Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka, which is facing the threat of nationwide agitations against port privatisation, has cancelled an agreement signed by the previous regime in 2019 for India and Japan to develop the strategic East Container Terminal (ECT) at Colombo port with Adani Group as an investor. In a reconciliatory move, Sri Lanka has offered India another East Container Terminal, Stage 1, at Colombo port. SLPA undertakingtodeveloptheWest Container Terminal(WCT)atthe same facility on a Public Private CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ram temple: Rajasthan frees land for sandstone mining 5 months to frame CAA rules, no NRC plan for now: Govt to House JAY MAZOOMDAAR DELAYED FOR over a year, the rules for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) may take five more months to be framed, the government told Parliament on Tuesday. The Ministryof HomeAffairstoldthe Lok Sabha that the rules were still being framed, and an extension had been approved by the Committees on Subordinate Legislation for both Houses of Parliament. While the Lok Sabha committee has granted the government time till April 9, the Rajya Sabha panel has extended the deadline till July 9, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in reply to a question on when the rules would be NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 THE STANDING committee of the Rajasthan wildlife board, headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, cleared a proposal last FridaytoshiftBharatpur’sBandh Baretha wildlife sanctuary “southwestward” to exclude three forest blocks “damaged irreparably”by“rampantmining”. This loss of 7 sq km will be compensatedbyadding198sqkmof territorialforesttothesanctuary. Theboundaryreorganisation will allow mining of the unique pink Bansi Paharpur sandstone named after the area — it has been in demand for the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 E X P L A I NE D WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES E TheCAA ● shadow WHILE THE government had earlier said that the CAA and NRC were linked, its assertion that there were no plans for a nationwide NRC yet follows apprehensions expressed across states, with several of them saying they would not conduct an NPR. framed. Notified on December 12, 2019, the Act had come into force on January 10, 2020. The government also clarified in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ex-BARC chief is mastermind: Court while rejecting bail EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 2 REJECTING THE bail application of Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of BARC who was arrested in the alleged TRP rigging case, a sessions court in Greater Mumbai said “the case paper in the present crime reflect that the accused is the mastermind” and if he were to be released on bail at this stage, then there is “every possibility” that he may tamper with evidence and prosecution witnesses. In hisJanuary 20 order, made available Tuesday, Additional Sessions Judge M A Bhosale said athoroughprobeisrequiredinto WhatsAppchatsrecoveredfrom Dasgupta’s phone. ASJ Bhosale, noting that it is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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